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UPDATED June 2017

Ex Beatle Chas Newby now playing bass with Quarrymen:

Hottest news of the moment is that the Quarrymen have now been joined on bass by Chas Newby.  When the Beatles came back from Hamburg at the end of 1960 they left Stuart Sutcliffe in Germany with his new girlfriend, Astrid Kirchherr, so that when the next gigs came their way they were without a bass player. Chas was a school friend of Pete Best and he was quickly recruited into the band and played with them on four occasions before he went back to university. The most famous of these was at Litherland Town Hall on December 27, when the sound that the Beatles had forged in their long hours on stage in Hamburg absolutely blasted the crowd and kicked off Beatlemania.

Chas plays a left handed-Hofner bass, rather like you-know-who, and his musical ability and his gentle sense of humour will prove a great addition to the Quarrymen’s lineup.


Quarrymen Gig list for 2017:


“The Beatles’ Skiffle Roots”   Sunday 2 July 2017

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As part of the Sevenoaks Summer Festival, on Sunday 2 July Rod Davis will be joining The Lonnigans in a show called “The Beatles’ Skiffle Roots” at the Oaks Theatre, Knole Academy, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, TN13 3LE. Rod will be talking about the early days of the Quarrymen, playing music and showing slides, then the Lonnigans will be playing the second half in their own inimitable style! The show is in aid of Ridge View Special Needs School in Tonbridge. Tickets - Adults 16 - Under 16 5 - available from the Festival Box Office on 01732 450175 or
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“The Day John met Paul”   Thursday 6 July 2017

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THE ‘FETE-FUL’ DAY RECREATED!
From 2pm Bishop Martin CE Primary School, in conjunction with the Cavern Club and St Peter’s Church, will host the celebrations with a recreation of the fete where John and Paul first met.  The Quarrymen will lead a procession around the village from 2pm, with events taking place on the school playing field (the location for the fete in 1957) from 3pm.  Events include the crowning of the Rose Queen, live music featuring a special performance by The Quarrymen and numerous side shows and stalls!  Entry, payable at the gate, is 2.50 with all proceeds going towards school projects.

THE GRAND DANCE

The day of celebrations with conclude in St Peter’s Church Hall when, from 7.30pm, in conjunction with the Cavern Club, a Grand Dance will be held with performances from The Quarrymen as well as other Cavern Club resident musicians.  Tickets are 20 and can only be obtained from the Cavern Club.  Click HERE for more information and to book online.

 

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Photo left shows Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton, Rod Davis, Pete Shotton and Len Garry in 1997 standing on the same spot where they played in 1957! The empty mike was for John.

In addition to all of the above, St. Peter's Church Hall will be open from 10am to 3pm - free of charge, with musical performances from Eddie Devlin and Catherine Cook. There will be a Communion Service in the Church at 10:30am which you are welcome to attend. The Bell Tower will be open for tours and you can even try your hand at bell-ringing! At 12 noon there will be a special screening of "A Hard Day's Night" in the historic Woolton Cinema.

Youtube video of  1997 celebrations

This video of the 1997 “Day John met Paul” came to our notice recently - many thanks to the cameraman! It’s a great video - however let us be clear about this - the Quarrymen sound a whole lot better now after gigging together for the last twenty years! When this video was taken we had practised only twice in the previous forty years!


“It was Fete” Sat 26 Aug 2017

The events of the afternoon of Thursday 6 July are also being replicated on Sat 26 Aug especially for visitors to Beatle Week 2017, beginning in Woolton at 12:30pm.

At the moment tickets are only available to Beatleweek package customers. More information from www.internationalbeatleweek.com


“Homage to John Lennon” in Avila, Spain - Sat 22 July 2017

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we regret to announce that our Avila gig has been cancelled. Apologies to all our Spanish friends whom we were hoping to meet there.


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Beatles Day, Mons, Belgium Sat 14 Oct 2017

The organisers of the Mons Beatles Day have asked Rod Davis to give his talk on the Quarrymen’s Skiffle Years in French at the Theatre Royal in Mons on Saturday 14 October. Also on the bill for the celebrations are host of musicians including the Clube Big Beatles from Brazil, Alain Pire’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Jay Goeppner and Maiju Lepomaki, One after 909 from Holland, The Sixties Beatles Revival and The Choking Smokers! Sound like a whole lotta fun!


Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show - Sat 11 Nov 2017

The Quarrymen will be making two appearances on Sat 11 November at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC. The organisers are specially bringing in a vintage lorry to make us vintage musicians feel at home. We won’t be driving around however, but we will be playing our usual mixture of vintage skiffle and rock’n’roll!

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Other gigs played in 2017::

Jan 16 2017 The Cavern’s 60th Anniversary:

The Cavern opened its doors for the first time on 16 Jan 1957 but the Quarrymen didn’t appear there until some time later, in fact we played there several times in the first half of 1957, mostly as guests on Skiffle Sessions - we were amongst the “special guests” for whose names there was insufficient space in the Cavern’s half-inch high adverts in the Liverpool Echo. That was until August 7 when the Quarrymen were first listed. This is erroneously believed to be our first Cavern appearance.

However we did appear at their 40th Anniversary, which is where we got back together and from where we were invited to take part in the re-enactment of 6 July 1957 by Liverpool Beatles fans, led by Jean Catherall.

At the Cavern’s 60th Anniversary party we were invited to the “Story of the Cavern Club” show at the Liverpool Philharmonic on Sunday 15 Jan and we appeared on stage in the Cavern itself on the evening of Monday 16 Jan. The programme covered the many types of music for which the Cavern had become famous, starting with jazz from the Dany Doris band, the resident group at the Caverne de la Huchette in Paris - the club which inspired Alan Sytner to open his own club in Liverpool. They were followed by a solo set from Gilbert O’Sullivan, making his first ever appearance at the Cavern. Then came the Quarrymen and we enjoyed the assistance of legendary skiffler Chas McDevitt for three numbers. Last up was Chris Farlowe and Supercharge with their blend of R&B and Funk! What a fantastic evening!

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